I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did

Social Networks and the Death of Privacy

Book - 2012
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A leading specialist on social networks writes a shocking expose of the widespread misuse of our personal online data and creates a Constitution for the web to protect us. Social networks are the defining cultural movement of our time. Over a half a billion people are on Facebook alone. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest nation in the world. But while that nation appears to be a comforting small town in which we can share photos of friends and quaint bits of trivia about our lives, it is actually a lawless battle zone, a frontier with all the hidden and unpredictable dangers of any previously unexplored place. Social networks offer freedom. An ordinary individual can be a reporter, alerting the world to breaking news of a natural disaster or a political crisis. A layperson can be a scientist, participating in a crowd sourced research project. Or an investigator, helping cops solve a crime. But as we work and chat and date (and sometimes even have sex) over the web, traditional rights may be slipping away. Colleges and employers routinely reject applicants because of information found on social networks. Cops use photos from people's profiles to charge them with crimes, or argue for harsher sentences. Robbers use postings about vacations to figure out when to break into homes. At one school, officials used cameras on students' laptops to spy on them in their bedrooms. The same power of information that can topple governments can also topple a person's career, marriage, or future. What the author proposes is a Constitution for the web, to extend our rights to this wild new frontier.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781451650518
Characteristics: x, 253 p. ; 24 cm


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Samuel A Marcum Nov 27, 2012

I listened to this audiobook and must saw I was impressed with the range and depth of information posited by the author. I couldn't glean as much information by just listening (that's a critique of the technology, not the author or reader of the audiobook) but I can definitely say that I gleaned enough to be more careful about what information I'll share and how I'll use social networking and search engines in the future.

To summarize what the author said:

"Nothing you do on the internet is private."

An implicit rule of thumb for monitoring yourself:

"Don't put anything out there (status updates, photos, contact information) that you don't mind having available to the world...forever."

I'm not optimistic about the author's cry for a universal declaration/bill of rights for online privacy/users, but it was an interesting argument put forth. Definiely worth a read or a listen.

Aug 29, 2012

Read this book by a legal expert on internet privacy (and the lack thereof), and you will never again look at Facebook, other social networking site, Google, and the internet in general in the same way again. You will be astounded at how much information you are sharing whether you intend to or not, and how harmful that can be to you. You will almost certainly be persuaded to alter your behavior online, and to support new laws extending the protections of the Bill of Rights to the internet. Europeans already enjoy many such safeguards not available in the US.


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